Diamond’s UE3000 is one of the simplest products we’ve ever taken a look at, but it’s also one that could prove to be a life-saver if the network card in your desktop or notebook decides to die without notice. It also happens to be extremely reliable, causing us to forget we’re even running a USB adapter, versus onboard or add-in.
A product like Diamond’s UE3000 USB network card might not seem too interesting at first glance, but believe me – once you wind up in a situation where you need such a thing, you’ll be willing to throw every bit of praise at it until it’s in your hands.
Take me, for example. Because we’re in the middle of building a brand-new GPU test rig, I decided to adopt the motherboard + processor combo from the old rig for my personal one. A hardware move like this should be simple, but in this case, it wasn’t, and it had nothing other than the onboard NIC to blame.
For its G1. Assassin 2, GIGABYTE chose to implement just a single NIC solution, driven by Killer Ethernet. To me, this isn’t much of a solution at all, as on one hand, I’ve had horrible luck with Killer, and on the other, the company doesn’t support Linux. So here I was, about to adopt a motherboard with a NIC that didn’t support my operating system of choice. But wait – there’s always the add-in solution, right?
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